Democrats are attempting to block Representative Mike Pence's (R-IN) legislation that would forever ban the Fairness Doctrine (a law that allowed the Federal government to punish radio and television stations for failing to be "fair-and-balanced" that was repealed in 1987, by a Democrat-controlled Congress). The WSJ editorial page explains why supposed champions of free speech (Liberals) are working so hard to prevent Rep. Pence from bringing the measure to a vote in the House.
This story isn't as much about the blind hatred the Left has for popular talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity as it is about their gross misunderstanding of what exactly a "free market" is.
Air America failed. Jane Fonda's all-feminist, all-the-time network failed. CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC combined bring in half the audience Fox News does on a nightly basis. Republicans have won the White House 5 out of the last 7 elections. Rush Limbaugh has 30 million weekly listeners.
Maybe, just maybe, there is an ulterior motive by Liberal Democrats in Congress to keep alive a bill (the Fairness Doctrine) that could effectively silence their critics? Maybe, just maybe, the timing of more and more conservative platforms gaining ground in getting our message out since 1987 has something to do with our political success at the ballot box, and the Left realizes they no longer corner the market on information?
Ahh, but that sounds like right-wing conspiracy stuff...